Definition: Random Access Memory: component of the computer in which information can be stored or accessed directly by the microprocessor without having to shuffle through locations in sequence until the required information is found. * Essential to computer working, the RAM is the primary memory, in which program instructions and data are stored for use by the central processor unit (CPU): that is why the larger the RAM, the faster the computer can work. * RAM typically requires the CPU constantly to refresh it, hence the qualifier Dynamic RAM or DRAM, in contrast to Static RAM or SRAM which can hold its data for longer. * Of course data held on the hard-disk or disk-based or flash-memory removeable media is also random access memory but is hardly ever referred to as such. The fine art of acronyms From the definition it is clear that what we are talking about is far more accurately called Direct Access Memory. For pretty obvious reasons, the acronym for Direct Access Memory does not has great prospects.

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